Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another Club Ruby Project - Candy/Desk Organizer

Here is another project I made for Club Ruby as a guest designer. It is a Candy Holder or a Desk Organizer using Graphic 45 Alice in Wonderland Hallow'een paper.  Incredible paper!!  I can only share 1 picture with you on my blog so you will have to come over to the Club Ruby site for more.

Halloween Banner for Above Rubies Studio

Here is a Halloween Banner I made as a guest designer for Club Ruby, part of Above Rubies Studio, using the Graphic 45 Alice in Wonderland paper.  I absolutely LOVE this paper!!  I cut the tombstone bases from the Happy Hauntings cart.  Come on over to Club Ruby and find out more about this sensational club!!

Frankenstein Halloween Card

Here is another card we made in my card class earlier this week just in time for Halloween.  This little Frankenstein is sooooo cute!  This was made using the Stampin' Up Top Note Die (p. 207 of the Idea Book).  He was very easy to put together and was CASE'd (Copy And Share Everything) from another demonstrator.  I will be posting photos of the other cards we made in the next couple of days.

Elements of Style Card

It has been a while since I have made any posts that are not related to the design team. I  was buried in the planning of a conference for 1,200 people for the last 2 months and have not had much time to craft.  Now that the conference is over hopefully you will see a lot more of me!!  Here is a card I made for a card class I did for the City of Longmont earlier this week.  This is a pretty simple card, but very elegant.  I CASE'd this from another Stampin' Up demo, it is not an original creation from me.

This was made using the Stampin' Up Elements of Style stamp (p. 133 of the 2010 Idea Book) and black and Old Olive classic inks (p. 166) and black and white card stock.  If you are interested in placing an order for any Stampin' Up items, please email me at  If you are interested in attending one of my card classes, the next ones will be Holiday cards and will be held November 17th and December 8th in Longmont, Colorado.  The cost is $25 and you get 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs).  Contact me if you are interested in signing up and I can direct you to the correct website to do that!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Hauntings - 3 D Haunted House for

I just love the new Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge that I got from as part of their design team!  I thought I'd be brave and attempt the 3D Haunted House and expected a real test of my patience, but it was much easier to put together than I expected.  The key is to NOT change the dial size once you determine what size you want to cut at!

Using the Cricut Happy Hauntings Cartridge, I cut my haunted house (Pages 73 and 74) at 10.5" on black 12 x 24 cardstock using the 12 x 24 Cricut Cutting Mat.  There are several cuts for the house using the various icon buttons and shift button.  Make sure you get all of the pieces.  I used a pack by The Paper Studio, but the cardstock seemed a little thin so I suggest checking out the cricut branded 12x24 cardstock.  I used DesignStudio to maximize the usage of my paper.  With Design Studio I was able to rotate the cuts and used 6 sheets of black cardstock whereas it would have taken 8 without it.

Rather than use yellow cardstock for the windows, I used vellum and then put 2 flameless tealight candles in the house.  You can't tell in the pictures but it is a cool effect.  I also cut a couple of shadows of a head and a cat and put behind the vellum.  At night you can see these shadows through the vellum.

To make the house appear old, I used Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber in Silver and lightly dragged it over the cardstock to give it silver streaks.  Don't make the same mistake I did - apply the paint dabber before assembling the house.  It would have been much easier!

For the Chimney, I used 3 colors of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo) and just applied those in spots all over the chimney.  Then I took black paint and dry brushed it over the paint to make it look old.

Once assembled, I used Viva Decor Yellow-Green 3D Glitter Gel on the roof.  I used my Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch and then coated them in the glitter gel before adhering to the roof (you can see this in the 2nd picture above).  You can also use Stickles to achieve a similar look.

I cut some designer paper and applied it to the tower and one side of the roof for some additional color.  I used Ranger Stickles in Orange Peel and Purple to decorate the porch and balcony railings.  I cut a couple of ghosts from the Happy Hauntings cart and glued them on to appear as if they were coming through the windows.  For the doors into the house, I painted them with Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Plum Twist.  You can't see them very well in the pictures but this is really cool stuff.  Very pearly and applies like nail polish.

I cut a couple of tombstones (2 of each) from the same cart and used the Adirondack Silver Paint Dabber again to color them and then used a black sharpie to add text. Then I adhered them together with Pop-Up Glue Dots to give them dimension. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Hauntings Card for

I am so in the Halloween mood this year so when I got the Happy Hauntings cart this month I was so excited to start making cuts from it.  I hope you enjoy this little card.

Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge
Orange 8.5 x 11 cardstock
Black cardstock
Yellow cardstock
Purple cardstock
Holographic Embossing Powder
Embossing Inkpad
Piece of clear packing from embellishments/stickers
Embossing Heat Gun

Using Design Studio, cut the 3DFrame (p.68) on black cardstock at a 5.142 height x 4.742 width.  Now you need to weld the Shift 3DFrame with the 3DFrame Layer 1.  These were sized at 5.245 height x 4.768 width, slightly overlapped and cut on orange cardstock. Once cut, score/fold down the middle of the card.  In Design Studio, delete the 3DFrame Layer 1 and cut the Shift 3DFrame by itself on orange cardstock.

Cover the black 3DFrame with embossing ink pad and sprinkle holographic embossing powder over entire cut.  Shake excess off and pour back into the jar and add lid before turning on your embossing heat gun!!  Heat the embossing powder until it becomes holographic/shiny.  Adhere with Tombow Liquid Adhesive to the top of the welded Shift 3D Frame.

Cut the Witch at 2" on black cardstock.  Sandwich her between 2 layers of the clear packaging and glue down the edges.  Glue this sandwich on the backside of the 3DFrame (inside front of the card).  Glue the extra Shift 3DFrame you cut earlier to the backside of the front of the card so that the witch is sandwiched between the 2 layers.

Cut 2 of Frame 9 Shift Layer 1 (p.46 - Spiders) at 1" on black cardstock.  Stack one on top of another with a Pop Up glue dot in between.  Do this with the other 2 and then adhere to the front of the card.

 Cut Dracula Phrase (p.28 - BOO!) at 1" on purple cardstock.  Cute Dracula Shift Phrase at same size for shadow on black.  Layer and glue.

Cut 2 of Bat1 (p.48) at 1" on black cardstock.  Cut yellow circle at 3.5" (I did this free handed but there are many carts with a circle).  Adhere the yellow circle to the inside back of the card making sure that no edges are visible from the front of the framed oval.  Adhere the 2 bats and word BOO! where desired.